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The Geraldo Rivera Fund's Public Conversation for Change

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Institute For Basic Research (IBR)

1050 Forest Hill Road

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Let's have conversations about the success stories of people with developmental disabilities in employment!

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What better way to celebrate October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month than to have a Public Conversation to celebrate and discuss just that!

This event is sponsored by the Geraldo Rivera Fund at the College of Staten Island and is organized by the The Geraldo Rivera Fund Leadership Cohort, which is a group of self-advocates and those invested in the field of developmental disabilities who came together to discuss ways of making positive change that involve disability awareness, changing the culture and attitude towards people with disabilities, open a wider scope of employment opportunities for people with IDD, and ultimately influence policy.

We hope to achieve these goals through large events such as this one by using the Art of Hosting methodology and having conversations with the community through the use of World Cafes. If you don't know what that is, don't worry, we'll explain!

World Café Conversations At a Glance:

• Seat four (five max) people at small Café-style tables or in conversation clusters.

• Set up progressive (at least three) rounds of conversation, approximately 20 minutes each.

• Engage questions or issues that genuinely matter to your life, work, or community.

• Encourage participants to write, doodle and draw key ideas on their tablecloths (and/ or note key ideas on large index cards or placemats in the center of the table).

• Upon completing the initial round of conversation, you may ask one person to remain at the table as a “table host” for the next round, while the others serve as travelers or “ambassadors of meaning.” The travelers carry key ideas, themes and questions into their new conversations, while the table host welcomes the new set of travelers.

• By providing opportunities for people to move in several rounds of conversation, ideas, questions, and themes begin to link and connect. At the end of the second or third round, all of the tables or conversation clusters in the room will be cross- pollinated with insights from prior conversations.

• In the last round of conversation, people can return to their first table to synthesize their discoveries, or they may continue traveling to new tables.

• You may use the same question for one or more rounds of conversation, or you may pose different questions in each round to build on and help deepen the exploration.

• After at least three rounds of conversation, initiate a period of sharing discoveries & insights in a whole group conversation. It is in these town meeting-style conversations that patterns can be identified, collective knowledge grows, and possibilities for action emerge.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Geraldo River Fund intern, Lucia Rossi, at Lucia.Rossi@cix.csi.cuny.edu.

Hope to see you there!

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